Latinos In The Industry
HBO Offers First $10,000 Cash Award to Talented Latino Documentary Filmmaker

HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino Documentary Film!

Social change has been the consistent undercurrent for HBO's critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with a myriad of issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty. Through the HBO / NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award, HBO wants to focus its lens on the Latino experience and support the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians.

One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000

Entry deadline: June 26th, 2009
(Deadline has been extended from what was previously announced)

* Submissions must be from a film already in progress or finished - footage and proposal to be screened by judges.

* Filmmakers may be U.S. or international, but film must be in English or with English subtitles

* The winner must be 18 years or older, and of Latino descent.

* There is no limit to the number of entries: each entry must comply with the requirements listed in the submission form, and must submit a separate submission form for each.

* A panel of industry professionals will judge the films based on the following criteria: uniqueness of topic/subject matter, professional quality of the film, and the structure, tone and style planned for presenting the topic to audience. The Judges will select one film as the winner of the competition. Winner to be Notified by August 18, 2009!

For details, requirements, and submission information, download the Submission Form as a Word Doc or PDF File.

Call for Entries: Thin Line Film Fest

Thin Line Film Fest, Texas' International Documentary Film Festival announces the 2010 call for entries. Thin Line Film Fest accepts traditional documentaries on any topic, but also accepts alternative documentary formats such as the mockumentary, the docu-fiction, and the docu-drama. "If it looks like a doc, and sounds like a doc; then it must be a doc," says Festival Director Joshua Butler, "Our goal has always been to showcase the true variety that exists in the documentary genre."

The first deadline is August 7th and fees are twenty dollars for a feature-length film and fifteen for a short. The final deadline is November 30th.

For more information, visit


Call for Entries: Josiah Youth Media Festival

The Josiah Youth Media Festival is looking for films no longer than 20 minutes by filmmakers 21 years of age or younger. No submission fee this year.

The extended postmark deadline is June 5th.

The URBAN-15 Group is proud to announce the dates for the 2009 Josiah Youth Media Festival. On July 9, 10, and 11 we will be screening the best short films, videos, and animation created by young media makers from Texas and beyond. Last year we screened over 40 works and awarded over a thousand dollars in prizes to winners in four categories. A complete set of entry forms for film submissions is available on our website

The Strain: Guillermo del Toro's Vampire Saga
(AP) - Writer and director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") teams with thriller writer Chuck Hogan ("The Standoff") to create a visceral page-turner that reimagines vampirism as a virus that causes its victims' bodies to mutate - disgustingly - into buglike creatures, stomping zombie-style around Manhattan and wreaking havoc. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Casting: 5-8 Year Old Girl (Seattle)
LolitaMoon Productions is in search of a 5 to 8 year old girl with olive skin, brown or dark hair, very cute who has very strong acting ability for a lead role in a short film, "Esperanza, Wing Thief, Flutterby". FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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2009 Latino Producers Academy Deadline Approaching!

The 2009 Latino Producers Academy is accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The deadline is approaching, but there is still time to apply! Do not miss this opportunity to participate in an amazing summer program for Documentary and Narrative producers.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 5th

Don't miss this chance to apply for one of NALIP's most appreciated and respected programs. Click here to see movies from the 2008 LPA. Questions? Call Octavio Marin, LPA Program Director at 310.395.8880

Click here to visit the LPA webpage and download an application.

Annette Murphy
NALIPster accepted as IFP Indepdendent Filmmaker Lab Fellow

NALIP member Annette Murphy has been accepted as a Fellow in IFP's 5th Independent Filmmaker Lab. She will participate in the lab as the producer of her first narrative feature Perfection, and will be joined by director Christina Beck and editor Rob Poswell.

The Lab is an immersive, free mentorship program for low-budget (under $1 million) first feature films that have shot "all or a substantial amount of footage but have not completed post-production." The goal of the program is to connect mentors with projects before they are submitted to film festivals.

The debut feature from actresses Christina Beck (Suburbia, Boys Next Door) and Annette Murphy (Star Maps), Perfection chronicles the life of Kristabelle, a woman her thirties living at home with her mother who cuts herself to feel "something"; little does she know that Simon, a sweet, newly sober, British stand up comic is about to show her that her scars can't scare love away.

Richard Martinez
NALIP composer to have doc premiere in NYC

The documentary film BLAST! will have its theatrical premiere on June 11th at the IFC in New York, with original music by NALIP member Richard Martinez.

BLAST! is about the crazy life of scientists. Their professional obsessions, personal and family sacrifices, and philosophical and religious questioning all give emotional resonance to a spectacular and suspenseful story of space exploration.

More information about this film is available online at


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